Peterborough residents told to stick to COVID rules on bonfire night

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Peterborough residents are being told to stick to COVID rules if they attend any bonfire events this weej,.

The local authorities and emergency services are echoing the new tighter restrictions from central government which are encouraging people to stay at home this Bonfire night and help reduce the chance of catching and spreading the virus.

Earlier this week Dr Liz Robin, Director of Public Health for Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council urged people to think about cutting socialising ahead of the new national lockdown, which is put in place tonight.

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MORE: Peterborough residents urged to cut socialising before second COVID lockdown begins by public health chiefA drive in fireworks display will take place at the East of England Showground tonight (Wednesday). It has been brought forward because of the lockdown.

Residents are being urged to stay safe this bonfire nightResidents are being urged to stay safe this bonfire night
Residents are being urged to stay safe this bonfire night

MORE: Peterborough drive in firework display moved to Wednesday to beat the COVID lockdownCambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service Group Commander Per Middleton, head of Community Fire Safety Prevention, said: “Bonfire Night is historically a very popular fixture in the calendar where people come together to enjoy firework displays, however this year is very different. With the COVID-19 pandemic still with us, the organised displays we would usually enjoy cannot take place and we are concerned that some people may look to hold their own displays.

“While most people enjoy fireworks responsibly, they can quickly become a disaster and, in the wrong hands, they can cause injury and damage to property. Fireworks are explosives and should be treated with respect. Only use fireworks in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and the firework safety code, ensuring all necessary safety precautions are taken.

“We would strongly discourage people from lighting bonfires in back gardens as they present significant risks to residents if they get out of hand. Not only this, but the smoke can also aggravate coronavirus symptoms for those that might be shielding or isolating.

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“We would encourage residents across the county to think twice before having their own displays and lighting bonfires in their gardens this year. Not only do these present risks for residents and our crews, but with the pandemic still with us we all have a responsibility to ensure we don't put unnecessary strain on emergency services. Please show respect this Bonfire Night and think twice about having your own display.”

Dr Robin said “The number of Covid-19 cases in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is rising, so we welcome the new government restrictions and ask residents to put their Bonfire traditions on hold and help us reduce transmission. Remember to wash your hands regularly, cover your face and maintain a safe distance from those you don't live with.

“Don’t forget that if you have one or more symptoms of coronavirus then you must stay at home. Follow the government rules and self-isolate for 10 days and book a test.”

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